Cows can live for over 20 years but on commercial farms the age at slaughter varies considerably. Farms with poor management, high- yielding cattle or high disease rates will slaughter their animals at a much younger age, normally after four lactations (around 5-6 years old), but sometimes after 2 or 3.

South Dakota has the most cattle per person in the United States followed by Nebraska and Montana. South Dakota has more than 4 times as many cattle as they do people. 26 Sep 2022

Uruguay had the most cattle per capita in the world in 2021 followed by New Zealand and Argentina. Four (4) countries in the world had more cattle than people in 2021: Uruguay, New Zealand, Argentina and Brazil.